Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City, starting at 77th Street and ending at Macy’s Herald Home, with hundreds of thousands of people gathering to join the parade along its route through Central Park West, Seventh Avenue, and Sixth Avenue. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was organized in 1924 and the event was suspended only during the war years between 1942 and 1944.

Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade

The traditional parade is world-famous for its helium balloons, which this year included a jetpack-wearing monkey and an eccentric artifact made by filmmaker Tim Burton. Other favorite balloons feature Spider-Man and Snoopy among others. Mary J. Blige, Cee Lo Green, Avril Lavigne and the Muppets of Sesame Street starred at the parade, with performances taking place on floats and in Herald Square.

Macy’s expected some 3.5 million people to gather at the parade, with some 50 million viewers watching the parade on TV. Paraders and TV viewers enjoyed balloons featuring Buzz Lightyear, Clumsy Smurf, SpongeBob SquarePants and Kermit the Frog, all of them crafted at Macy’s Parade Studio.

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